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Here comes Tizen! Samsung to host its first developer conference in October

Matt Hamblen | July 24, 2013
Focus of Samsung Developers Conference could be on Tizen OS, not Android, and on building apps for unique Samsung utilities

News site Android Authority has postulated that Samsung's novel utilities such as the S-Pen digital stylus and multi-window functionality are in need of more developers to build more specialized apps — a clear reason for a developer conference. Also, Samsung could seek developers for its reported plan to develop a smartwatch or so-called smart glasses.

Samsung has at least three SDK's that might be on the conference agenda, Android Authority suggested. They include All Share for linking devices wirelessly, as well as the S-Pen SDK and a Bluetooth Low Energy SDK.

Gartner analyst Carolina Milanesi noticed that the announcement of Samsung's developer conference precedes the formal unveiling of the high-end Tizen smartphone first mentioned in March. "I see this [developer event] as preparing for Tizen. It certainly looks like Samsung is going all the way," she said.

"So far, you have seen Samsung building a layer on top of Android from the UI to apps and services, and now they will wrap it all up with a dev conference," Milanesi added. "I wonder if they hope that when it is all in place that they can just move over to Tizen [from Android] and no one will notice the difference?"

She questioned whether Samsung might be trying to make the operating system "just an engine inside that doesn't really matter." But she added: "I remain skeptical that consumers will buy that."


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